AIRBUS HELICOPTERS announced yesterday, December 6, that the Mexican Navy has received its final two AS565MBe Panther helicopters during a delivery ceremony at the factory in Marignane, France. Â With its order for ten of these helicopters in 2014, the Mexican Navy became the launch customer for this new version. The first four were delivered in 2016 and the remaining six during the course of 2017.
Stationed at three naval bases in the Mexican states of Veracruz, Sonora and Michoacan, the helicopters perform an average of 300 flight hours for reconnaissance, patrol missions and training flights.
Admiral Jose Maria Garcia Macedo, the Mexican Navyâ€™s General Director of Naval Aviation, said â€œThe arrival of the MBe Panther has enhanced the Navy Aviationâ€™s operational capabilities.Â It is a modern, multi-mission helicopter that we can use in both maritime and land environments for a wide range of missions, including maritime SAR, disaster relief, external load operations and even air ambulance.â€